With eight more arrests Wednesday and Thursday, Richmond police have arrested 28 drug-trafficking suspects in Operation Clean Sweep.

The roundup was launched after a Madison County grand jury indicted 34 suspects following a 10-month undercover investigation, according to Sgt. Willard Reardon, Richmond Police spokesperson. On Tuesday, 17 were arrested. Three were arrested earlier.

Six suspects named in the indictments, whose identities were not disclosed, remain at large.

Seven of the eight arrested over Wednesday and Thursday remained lodged Friday afternoon in the Madison County Detention Center.

They include:

• Arlene A. Alexander, 47, 603 Grace Chappell Road, Irvine, charged with first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance. She was being held on $10,000 cash bond.

• Richard Garza, 33, 603 Grace Chappell Road, Irvine, charged with two counts of first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance. His bond was set at $15,000 cash.

• Robert Lee Boothby, III, 28, 140 Rand Ave., Lexington, charged with three counts of first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance. His bond was set at $15,000 cash.

• Robert S. Byrd, Jr., 49, 1072 Hudson Dr., Lexington, charged with two counts of first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance. He remained jailed on $15,000 cash bond.

• Sandra L. Byrd, 44, 1072 Hudson Dr., Lexington, charged with first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance. Her bond is $10,000 cash.

• Matthew Clint Grant, 29, 494 Eastwood Dr., Richmond, charged with two counts of first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance. His bond is $10,000 cash.

• Donald Edward Lewis, 36, Peytontown Road, Richmond, charged with trafficking in a controlled substance, first and second degree. He was being held on a $15,000 cash bond.

• Anteon Terrell Dean, 28, 301 Turpin Drive, Richmond, charged with first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance, was released Thursday from the Madison County Detention Center after posting 10 percent of a $10,000 cash bond.

In addition to arrests in Richmond, Reardon said warrants were served in Lexington, Berea and rural Madison County, in some case with state police assistance.

Reardon said anyone with information about drug trafficking in the Richmond area should call the Richmond Police Narcotics Tip line at 623-1714, or go the police department’s Web site: police.richmond.ky.us. Information may be left anonymously.



Bill Robinson can be reached at brobinson@richmondregister.com or at 624-6622.

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